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BRAD JOHNSON BECOMES STARTING QB, VIKINGS LOSE TO 49ERS IN SECOND ROUND OF PLAYOFFS:
With the departure of Warren Moon, Brad Johnson becomes the full time Quarterback and leads the Vikings off to a terrific 8-2 start. However, a five game losing streak would put their playoff hopes in jeopardy as rumors of Coach Dennis Green’s firing began to fly around. Despite the slump the Vikings would still make the playoffs by beating the Indianapolis Colts in the final game of the season at the Metrodome. In the Wild Card Round the Vikings faced another first round exit trailing the Giants late in the 4th Quarter by a score 22-13 on a snowy day at the Meadowlands. Facing 4th Down and long the Vikings appeared to be giving up when the punted. However, the Vikings defense would get the ball back quickly and would take advantage of a poor punt by the Giants to score on a Johnson to Jake Reed Touchdown pass. With hope still dwindling the Vikings recovered an on-side kick, and would connect on Eddie Murray Field Goal to stun the Giants by a score of 23-22. However, a week later the Vikings season would end with a 38-22 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.